diet & weight loss

Is it possible to have weight loss surgery for free on the NHS?

Obesity surgery is available on the NHS in the UK so in theory you should be able to have weight loss treatment for free. However, as with most things in life, the reality is much different.

The Department of Health and The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended that obesity surgery should be available in all areas of the UK. However, the problem is that many hospitals simply don't have the money to offer universal weight loss surgery.

Although, for some people obesity treatment is a matter of life and death, it has to be further does the list of hospital priorities than say pediatrics or cancer treatment. When hospitals are short of money, which most of them are, it's the less critical procedures and departments that are cut.

However, if your hospital does not offer obesity surgery, you can ask to be referred to a hospital in another area. Talk to your local GP to find out if this is an option for you.

Even if you are lucky enough to be offered obesity surgery on the NHS, don't get too excited. Although waiting lists on the NHS are falling, you could still be facing a wait over well over a year before you actually go under the knife.

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